Southport

Southport is a suburb and the central business district near the midpoint of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia and has one of the city’s largest communities. At the 2011 Census, Southport had a population of 28,315.[1]     Originally known as Nerang Creek Heads, it was named Southport because it was the southernmost port of the colony of Queensland.  Southport is recognised as the central business district of the City of Gold Coast.      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southport,_Queensland

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A settlement was first surveyed in 1874 and the name Southport decided the following year.[2] Southport was once the site of timber mills.  A port was established to ship logs to Brisbane. The water way continues on to Brisbane, past South Stradbroke Island and between the Moreton Bay Islands. Today it is mainly the Tourist Cruise boats that use the water, and a few private cruisers.

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I took the Light Rail from Surfers Paradise to Broadwater, where Meriton Apartments is located right opposite the Light Rail. There is a collection of restaurants and hairdressers on this corner, assuming that locals like to eat and have their hair cut and colored, and a little Chemist where the heat literally forced me to buy an upmarket sunhat to match the surroundings. This is not the raggle tag of Surfers Paradise where backpackers stroll around in the most motley of undress. This area is more upmarket where the shoppers wear designer hats and sunglasses, and elegantly probe the Supermarket shelves which are missing the ‘Odd vegetables’ and the bargain table. Same Supermarket brand, Woolworths, but high quality stockings catering for a different buying public. Everything here is better quality and with a slightly lower price. I bought grapes here for $5.90. Grapes were $7.90 in Surfers Paradise Woolworths and also Coles.

The Apartments line the river and the Meriton gave me the 52nd floor, with amazing views over the Broadwater with changing skies and water, and last night the golden Moon hovering above. The main road is just below the Hotel, and at night cars race along here with screaming noises, and police sirens and motor bikes breaking the otherwise peaceful evening, forcing me to close the always open soundproof glass doors, which effectively block all outside commotion. The River is beautiful. You can see all the way to South Stradbroke Island and its surf beaches that the surfers paddle out to from The Spit

This is the place for the sunrise, and last evening the reflection of the sunset was beautiful. The sky was pink with mares tail clouds whispering above and the entire water turned pink in the sunset. This was north too…

Across the green parkland that is everywhere, is Australia Fair Shopping Centre .I walked there following two boys headed for McDonald’s. It is a huge shopping complex with every shop imaginable, two supermarkets, six major stores, Event Cinema,  Broadwater Food Court hosting 16 multicultural food outlets, as well as another 22 food outlets including takeaway and restaurants.

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There are 3 fitness centres here and all the usual shops, in a bewildering two stories with lifts and escalators and stairways all adding to the overall effect of confusion. The Centre itself is surrounded by more restaurants and eating places and apartments.

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War Memorial

On 25 April 1922 (ANZAC Day) Southport War Memorial located at the foot of Nerang Street was dedicated by the Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Albert, John Appel, in a presence of many Southport people.[13] In 2010, renovation of the parklands required the relocation of the memorial; it was re-dedicated on 11 November 2010…..and here it stands a lonely monument by the River.

From my Balcony I can see all the places across on the other side…. Marina Mirage,  Sea World, The Tavern, Peters  Fish market, and the  Southport Yacht Club

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Surfers Paradise Beach at Main Beach

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Walking the dog at Main Beach

No moon and low tides made the beach a huge stretch of golden sand.

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Surfing with a Kite at Main Beach

Windsurfers enjoyed the strong wind to surf near Southport

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Kite surfer out of the water…

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Kite Surfer

The beach was always almost deserted…I saw these surfers once, a few walkers and in the evening during the sunset, groups of Chinese enjoying the water and taking photos of themselves jumping in the air.

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Kite Surfers

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Only the flag and I are on the beach

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Morning Walk at Main Beach Surfers Paradise

If I wanted a serene, beautiful isolated beach to walk in, this is the place.

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Walking hand in hand on the beach

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Seagulls were in small groups

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Surfers Paradise Gold Coast

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Highrise edge the Surf Beach

Looking South

Surfers Paradise is a suburb within the local government area of Gold Coast City in Queensland, Australia. At the 2006 census, Surfers Paradise had a population of 18,501. Colloquially known as ‘Surfers’, the suburb has many high-rise apartment buildings and a wide surf beach

Huge Residential Highrise

Surfers Highrise

The feature of the heart of the suburb is Cavill Mall, which runs through the shopping and entertainment precinct. Cavill Avenue, named after Jim Cavill, an early hotel owner, is one of the busiest shopping strips in Queensland, and the centre of activity for night life

Main Road and Light Rail

View across Surfers Paradise going north

Main shopping Centre Surfers Paradise

Cavill Street Shopping Centre with Clock Tower Hotel on the corner

Surfers Paradise is the Gold Coast‘s entertainment and tourism centre and the suburbs high-rise buildings are the best known feature of the city’s skyline.

Enjoying the sun and surf

Enjoying the sun and surf

Surfers Paradise is fronted to the east by the Surfers Paradise Foreshore, a rejuvenated public space that fronts Surfers Paradise Beach and the Pacific Ocean. The Foreshore was completed in 2011 and feature contemporary coastal streetscaping that incorporates existing trees and vegetation, including about 95 pandanus trees.

Golden sands of Surfers

Golden sands and HighRise Accommodation of Surfers

Beach is isolated in the morning

Morning Walk Surfers Paradise

The High Rise Buildings edge the surf beach for fabulous water views

Low tide and High Rise Buildings

My waterview from the Mantra where I stayed

My waterview from the Mantra where I stayed

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The weather was perfect. Booked in to Chateau which is right opposite the Surf Beach. This is the view from level 6…

View from Chateau Surfers Paradise

Lunch was fish and chips shared with a host of Pacific Gulls giving me a great photo shoot as I tossed chips into the air.

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Then we walked the beach…it was beautiful…

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Sunrise at Surfers Paradise

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sunrise 30 JulySurfers Paradise is a suburb within the local government area of Gold Coast City in Queensland, Australia…. known as ‘Surfers’, the suburb has many high-rise apartment buildings and a wide surf beach.

DSCN3909The feature of the central business district is Cavill Mall, which runs through the shopping precinct. Cavill Avenue, named after Jim Cavill, an early hotel owner, is one of the busiest shopping strips in Queensland, and the centre of activity for night life. Surfers Paradise is the Gold Coast‘s entertainment and tourism centre and the precinct’s high-rise buildings are the best known feature of the city’s skyline. Surfers Paradise is also one of Australia’s iconic coastal tourist destinations

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Brisbane hotelier Jim Cavill opened Surfers Paradise Hotel in 1925, and the town had its first landmark. Located between the ferry jetty and the white surf beach off the South Coast Road, it became popular and shops and services sprang up around it. In the following years Cavill pushed to have the name Elston changed to the more marketable Surfers’ Paradise and in 1933 the town acquired its present name.

The boom of the 1950s and 1960s was centred on this area and the first of the tall apartment buildings were constructed in the decades that followed. Little remains of the early vegetation or natural features of the area and even the historical association of the beachfront development with the river is tenuous. The early subdivision pattern remains, although later reclamation of the islands in the Nerang River as housing estates, and the bridges to those islands, have created a contrast reflected in subdivision and building form.

flightSurfers Paradise is fronted to the east by the Surfers Paradise Foreshore, a rejuvenated public space that fronts Surfers Paradise Beach and the Pacific Ocean. The Foreshore was completed in 2011 and feature contemporary coastal streetscaping that incorporates existing trees and vegetation, including about 95 pandanus trees. The masterplanned space hosts a full calendar of free public events such as the Surfers Paradise Festival and the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships.

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Beach Reclamation after erosion by water at Surfers Paradise

I walked the beach in the morning and was amazed to see how little sand there now was there at high tide. The waters come to the banks that have been eroded back to almost the road in places.

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The beach was deserted. Only a handful of walkers and one man in the water.

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The front patrol car told me to leave the beach as it was now being closed for the day.